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Sunday, December 30, 2012

Silvertone/RCA Records artist - Live At Legends - Buddy Guy - New Release Review

I just received the newest Buddy Guy release, Buddy Guy Live At Legends, and its smokin! Released December 18, 2012 this release is going directly to my Bman's Best of 2012 releases. Buddy opens his set with a stew of frenzy fiery guitar riffs on Guy classic Best Damn Fool. Buddy, still the ultimate performer, has the crowd in the palm of his hands, just where he likes them! Buddy's playing is relentless shows all the fire of a young man. Marty Samson plays a nice extended piano interlude against Tim Austin's tight drums. Next up is Waters/Bo Diddley, Mannish Boy, and the pyrotechnics continue. Guy rolls right into Dixon,s I Just Want To Make Love To You. Buddy is chokin' the life from his strat and has it screaming for it,s mama! Guy,s voice is still in top form and you can hear his smile coming from the recording. Extensive use of scatter machine gun picking and wha is extremely effective in creating incredible energy. Up next is Buddy,s R&B classic, Skin Deep. Listening to Guy sing this track makes you extremely conscious how serious an issue this is and how deeply he feels the scars. On Damn Right I Got The Blues, Guy conjures up incredible passion using his stair step bending technique to open one of his contemporary blues favorites. Buddy punctuates each line with white hot guitar riffs. Guy's technique, tone and playing style is legendary and unmatched. If you've seen Buddy's show in recent years you've seen him do a medley of blues and guitar greats including John Lee Hooker, Eric Clapton and Jimi Hendrix. In keeping with tradition, Guy does a short entree of Boom Boom and Strange Brew and everything goes up in flames on Voodoo Chile, continuing into Sunshine Of Your Love. This wraps up the concert, but also included are three more bonus tracks starting with Polka Dot Love enforcing a strong grip on deep rich blues with Guy laying down some of his tastiest riffs in years. Coming For You, a Tom Hambridge, Delbert McClinton tune is an upbeat funky track which should see some serious airplay. The studio tracks include Tom Hambridge on drums, David Grissom on guitar, Reese Wynans on keyboard, Michael Rhodes and Tommy McDonald on bass and adding the Memphis Horns. Muddy Waters' Country Boy, the final track on this release is done in a dirty low down manner giving Guy one more opportunity to show his particularly rich vocals and soulful blues guitar riffs. This is not just another live CD from a major artist to capitalize on a few tracks but a serious clip of Buddy Guy today...at his best. I am thrilled to add this to my collection!
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 This video is not the same track as on thie new CD but used to represent Guy live in concert.

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